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Eastern Standard

laura jean | Aug 18, 2008 11:55 AM

Just throwing in my two cents, agreeing that Eastern Standard is a fantastic neighborhood spot. Stopped in Sunday afternoon after that disatrous Sox game. At 5pm, there were 1-2 tables open on the patio, and we were able to snag one immediately. The bar was only moderately busy.

My 2 DCs and I ordered the fried calamari, salt cod fritters, charcuterie plate, and grilled cheese sandwich, as well as a couple glasses of wine and beer. Calamari was fine - nice fry job, but nothing special otherwise. The fritters were crispy and melty and delicious - wow. I can definitely see why everyone's got them on their top-10 list. The grilled cheese was fantastic as well - I usually find cheddar too greasy for grilled cheese (opting for oh-so-sophisticated American or velveeta) but this was perfect. The fries were good too, nice and salty, if perhaps not quite crispy enough. The charcuterie plate was a bit too adventurous for my DCs, so I was plenty happy to devour it pretty much by myself. I don't remember all 6 kinds, but the pork rilettes were definitely a highlight, as was the pork terrine with guanciale. For dessert, we ordered the Sweets to Share - botterscotch pots de creme (wow), hazelnut brownies (ehh), lavendar shortbread, and another delicious cookie I forget. (I would have preferred a cheese course, but I felt guilty about making them try charcuterie, so conceded the sweets!)

Overall, $100 pre-tip for 3 appetizers, a sandwich, dessert, 4 glasses of wine and one beer. Good service, great patio. A really great option! I'll definitely be back.

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